Just finished reading Paul Hoffman’s fantasy The Left Hand of God. First decent fantasy I’ve read in a long while. It’s intelligent and original. It’s about a youth who grows up in the Keep of the Redeemers. Said Redeemers are a bunch of religious fanatics who ‘encourage’ faith by way of punishment and brutality. The Keep is a bit like a Victorian workhouse or prison really. Anyway, the youth (Thomas Cale) happens upon a Redeemer conducting sick experiments on a young girl and kills the Redeemer. Cale then goes on the run with two friends and the girl.
There is of course something special about Cale. His skull was ‘dented’ when he was young, meaning he can read people better than most – very useful in a fight and the violent world in which he lives.
It’s a great book, with an epic, quirky and fresh feel. There are empires, dens of iniquity and all the required fare for a good read. Highly recommended. I didn’t really like the end so much, but that’s just my personal taste rather than any sort of inadequacy in the book. A strong 8/10 from me.